Anything related to air quality, air pollution, or the atmosphere

Toxic Air Lingers In Texas Latino Community, As Air Monitoring Fails

"Public data from a network of state air monitors around the Houston Ship Channel is hard to interpret and is often inadequate, leaving Latino-majority neighborhoods like Cloverleaf unaware of whether the air they breathe is safe."

Source: EHN, 03/15/2024

Maryland Lawmakers Balk at Ending Subsidies for Trash Incineration

"Within a year of moving to Cherry Hill, a majority Black neighborhood on Baltimore’s southern tip, Shanae Thomas noticed her asthma—a health problem she was born with—had gradually worsened."

Source: Inside Climate News, 03/13/2024

Six Ways To Cover the Environmental Impacts of Animal Agriculture

Animal agriculture is a massive industry with a vast environmental footprint, so there are plenty of reporting opportunities for journalists on the “eat beat.” In the second of two parts, following last week’s examination of diet-related greenhouse gas emissions, food-and-climate journalist Jenny Splitter serves up a variety of story ideas and information sources, plus some thoughts on solutions journalism.

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"Nearly Half the States Sue E.P.A. Over New Limits on Deadly Pollution"

"Manufacturers and 24 states sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday over the Biden administration’s decision to tighten limits on fine industrial particles, one of the most common and deadliest forms of air pollution."

Source: NYTimes, 03/08/2024

"E.P.A. to Exempt Existing Gas Plants From Tough New Rules, for Now"

"Facing intense opposition from major industries and some Democrats, the Biden administration on Thursday said it would delay the most contentious element of its plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions from power plants."

Source: NYTimes, 03/01/2024

After Fighting a Landfill Expansion, Houston Residents Await Methane Rules

"When the Hawthorne Park Landfill opened in 1977, it transformed everyday life for residents of Carverdale, a historically Black neighborhood in northwest Houston. Myra Jefferson has seen pests and roaches from the dump multiply over the decades and remembers yellow dust from the rot sticking to everything."

Source: Inside Climate News, 02/29/2024

"EPA Orders LA County Landfill To Curb Hazardous Waste Leakage Immediately"

"Federal environment officials have ordered a Los Angeles County landfill to take urgent action to protect public health, citing noxious odors and hazardous waste issues in the surrounding community."

Source: The Hill, 02/27/2024

"Tired Of Diesel Fumes, These Moms Are Pushing For Electric School Buses"

"Areli Sanchez’s daughter, Aida, used to be one of 20 million American kids who ride a diesel bus to school each day. ... She was admitted to the hospital for an asthma attack in second grade, and after that Sanchez began driving Aida to school."

Source: AP, 02/26/2024


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